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November 28, 2007

Plagiarist GOP Blogger Apologies

Eh...

It seems a bit of a firestorm has developed over some of my postings. I always intended this as a vehicle to pass along posts I found interesting to people in my District. I never expected a wider audience.

That being said, I have gone to posts, linked to articles from those posts, and cut and pasted some of these articles to my blog. My fault here is not properly acknowledging the original post as I should have.

Some of my blogger friends made me aware of this controversy today, for which I sincerely apologize. So I have asked them to remove links to my blog and I will let this be my final post.

For those offended, please accept my sincerest apologies.

Mike

The thing is, anyone who reads blogs quickly intuits the basic rules of attribution (as if they were not obvious already). So it's hard to credit his "Internet idiot" defense all that much. Double Plus Undead figured he'd claim he didn't know he was supposed to credit those he was quoting, and addressed that claim pre-emptively:

Thankfully, Barrett has no problem quoting blogs, so he can't pull the "I'm an Internet Idiot" defense here, and worm his way out of this. He knows to cite blogs if he's taking quotes from them. You can see here where Barrett quotes a RedState article. So not only is he a plagiarist, he's an elitist too. Barrett has no problem plagiarizing posts from lesser known people like Pat, Slublog and I, but he gives due citation to bloggers with some status. Gotcha!

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